Saturday, September 26, 2015

Interview with the Host Committee: Part Six

Hi, everyone!

I can't believe it's finally here! TONIGHT is the Fall into Fashion Fundraiser in NYC!

If you haven't purchased your ticket yet, don't fret! There's still time left! The event will take place at the TAJ Lounge in New York City at 7 p.m. tonight. There will be music, dancing, food, tons of raffles and an open bar! Need I say more? PLUS, you'll have a chance to meet all of the members of the awesome host committee that you've been reading about here! If you want to purchase your ticket, you can click here!

Moving on, today I have the pleasure of featuring Gina, a member of our awesome host committee! A dedicated and compassionate person, as well as an expert in public relations, Gina is truly an integral part of our team. Please continue to read her interview below to learn more!

Gina (left)

Can you please provide a brief description of yourself? (Hobbies, college(s) attended: major, minor, year graduated; what you’d like to do for your career). I graduated UMass Amherst in 2012 with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Communications. I am now a publicist at a leading public relations and brand building firm, Relevance New York in Manhattan. Some of my hobbies including exploring New York City with friends, seeing a Broadway show, trying a new restaurant, working out and volunteering for The Fashion Foundation.  
Do you volunteer with any other organizations? What are you passionate about? I don't volunteer with any other organizations, but often donate to other charities that my family and friends are involved with. I am passionate about my job as a publicist, traveling, and volunteering for a good cause.  
What is your daytime job and what is your position/title at The Fashion Foundation? My daytime job is a publicist at a leading public relations and brand building firm, Relevance New York in Manhattan. At The Fashion Foundation, I am a Fundraising Committee Member. 
Can you give us a brief description of your job responsibilities at The Foundation? How long have you been volunteering with the Fashion Foundation? As a Fundraising Committee Member, I help with ticket sales, raffle donations and sponsorship for the upcoming fundraiser.  
How did you become involved with The Foundation? How did you hear about the organization?  I met Amanda, the founder of The Fashion Foundation, at a Levo League networking event, where she shared her story about starting the foundation. 
Why did you choose The Foundation? In your opinion, what separates The Foundation from any other charitable nonprofit organization?  Listening to Amanda's story, I became inspired and instantly knew that I wanted to be involved. I love fashion, wanted to be involved in the fashion industry in some way. I was also looking for an organization to volunteer for that could hopefully tie in my passion for fashion - and The Fashion Foundation was the answer! What I think separates The Foundation from other charitable organizations, is that it combines the two worlds - fashion to give back to education. 
What’s your favorite part about being a volunteer?  My favorite part about being a volunteer is that I am working towards a cause that means a lot to my family and friends, because many of them are teachers. I love being able to make a difference in someone's life and help improve their education, and give them the tools to succeed.  
What are some of the things you wish to accomplish personally through your involvement with The Foundation? I hope to help The Foundation raise money at its fundraiser, and continue to raise money through its online store. I want to work towards getting The Foundation more recognized on a global scale, to help spread its efforts and continue to help more schools in New York City. Hopefully, we will be able to help schools across the country.  
Will you be attending the Fall into Fashion Fundraiser on September 26th at 7 p.m.? Why do you believe others should attend this event? I will definitely be attending the fundraiser! Not only is it a night of dancing, an open bar and great raffle prizes - it is all supporting an important cause. All of us have been affected by our education, so we can all relate.  
Do you have any plans for the upcoming Fall season (both for the Foundation and otherwise)? This Fall I want to continue working with The Fashion Foundation to raise money to buy school supplies.  
Looking forward, what are some of the things you wish to do to help The Foundation achieve its goal of helping children in need? I want to work towards making strategic and permanent partnerships with brands and stores to donate items to be sold on The Foundation's online store.  
Lastly, can you give our readers a reason why participating and/or donating to The Foundation is worth their while? All of us have been affected by our education, so we can all easily relate. We remember our favorite class, our favorite teacher, our favorite subject. One of my favorite quotes is, "The direction in which education starts, a man will determine his future in life." - Plato 
The tools The Foundation donates to schools, will hopefully be tools in inspiring a child's future goals and dreams. 

To view our team page and learn a little bit about all of us here at the Fashion Foundation, click here

And remember, it's not too late to purchase your ticket for the 2015 Fall into Fashion Fundraiser on TONIGHT! But hurry, tickets are selling quickly! Click here to purchase your ticket!

Don’t forget to follow The Fashion Foundation on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and of course, be sure to visit our website to shop and donate

As always, thank you for reading, and we hope to see you again soon! 

Holly Anne Silva is one of the Fashion Foundation's passionate bloggers and chief of writing. Fervent about giving back, Holly volunteers for a number of local nonprofit organizations; she is a kennel attendant at the Heart and Soul Animal Rescue of Long Island and the creatures division editor for the Ian Somerhalder Foundation. She is a senior newsletter editor for a major branding and publishing company, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University. In her spare time, she freelances as a makeup artist. Holly is also working on establishing her own nonprofit organization dedicated to animal welfare, called the Sammy and Milo Foundation.

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